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Kallithea is a fast and powerful management tool for Mercurial and GIT with a built in push/pull server, full text search and code-review.

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Kallithea is a fast and powerful management tool for Mercurial and GIT with a built in push/pull server, full text search and code-review. It works on http/https and has a built in permission/authentication system with the ability to authenticate via LDAP or ActiveDirectory. Kallithea also provides simple API so it’s easy integrable with existing external systems.

Kallithea is similar in some respects to github or bitbucket, however Kallithea can be run as standalone hosted application on your own server. It is open source and donation ware and focuses more on providing a customized, self administered interface for Mercurial and GIT repositories. Kallithea works on *nix systems and Windows it is powered by a vcs library that Lukasz Balcerzak and Marcin Kuzminski created to handle multiple different version control systems.

Kallithea was forked from RhodeCode in July 2014 and has been heavily modified.


Stable releases of Kallithea are best installed via:

easy_install kallithea


pip install kallithea

Detailed instructions and links may be found on the Installation page.

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Source code

The latest sources can be obtained from


Issue tracker and sources at bitbucket

Kallithea Features

  • Has its own middleware to handle mercurial and git protocol requests. Each request is authenticated and logged together with IP address.

  • Build for speed and performance. You can make multiple pulls/pushes simultaneous. Proven to work with 1000s of repositories and users

  • Supports http/https, LDAP, AD, proxy-pass authentication.

  • Full permissions (private/read/write/admin) together with IP restrictions for each repository, additional explicit forking, repositories group and repository creation permissions.

  • User groups for easier permission management.

  • Repository groups let you group repos and manage them easier. They come with permission delegation features, so you can delegate groups management.

  • Users can fork other users repos, and compare them at any time.

  • Built in Gist functionality for sharing code snippets.

  • Integrates easily with other systems, with custom created mappers you can connect it to almost any issue tracker, and with an JSON-RPC API you can make much more

  • Build in commit-api let’s you add, edit and commit files right from Kallithea web interface using simple editor or upload binary files using simple form.

  • Powerfull pull-request driven review system with inline commenting, changeset statuses, and notification system.

  • Importing and syncing repositories from remote locations for GIT, Mercurial and SVN.

  • Mako templates let’s you customize the look and feel of the application.

  • Beautiful diffs, annotations and source code browsing all colored by pygments. Raw diffs are made in git-diff format for both VCS systems, including GIT binary-patches

  • Mercurial and Git DAG graphs and yui-flot powered graphs with zooming and statistics to track activity for repositories

  • Admin interface with user/permission management. Admin activity journal, logs pulls, pushes, forks, registrations and other actions made by all users.

  • Server side forks. It is possible to fork a project and modify it freely without breaking the main repository.

  • rst and markdown README support for repositories.

  • Full text search powered by Whoosh on the source files, commit messages, and file names. Build in indexing daemons, with optional incremental index build (no external search servers required all in one application)

  • Setup project descriptions/tags and info inside built in db for easy, non file-system operations.

  • Intelligent cache with invalidation after push or project change, provides high performance and always up to date data.

  • RSS / Atom feeds, gravatar support, downloadable sources as zip/tar/gz

  • Optional async tasks for speed and performance using celery

  • Backup scripts can do backup of whole app and send it over scp to desired location

  • Based on pylons / sqlalchemy / sqlite / whoosh / vcs

Incoming / Plans

  • Finer granular permissions per branch, or subrepo

  • Web based merges for pull requests

  • Tracking history for each lines in files

  • Simple issue tracker

  • SSH based authentication with server side key management

  • Commit based built in wiki system

  • More statistics and graph (global annotation + some more statistics)

  • Other advancements as development continues (or you can of course make additions and or requests)


Kallithea is released under the GPLv3 license.

Getting help

Listed bellow are various support resources that should help.

You can follow this project on Twitter, @KallitheaSCM.

Online documentation

Online documentation for the current version of Kallithea is available at

You may also build the documentation for yourself - go into docs/ and run:

make html

(You need to have sphinx installed to build the documentation. If you don’t have sphinx installed you can install it via the command: easy_install sphinx)

Converting from RhodeCode

Currently, you have two options for working with an existing RhodeCode database:
  • keep the database unconverted (intended for testing and evaluation)

  • convert the database in a one-time step

Maintaining Interoperability

Interoperability with RhodeCode 2.2.5 installations is provided so you don’t have to immediately commit to switching to Kallithea. This option will most likely go away once the two projects have diverged significantly.

To run Kallithea on a Rhodecode database, run:

echo "BRAND = 'rhodecode'" > kallithea/

This location will depend on where you installed Kallithea. If you installed via:

python install

then you will find this location at $VIRTUAL_ENV/lib/python2.7/site-packages/Kallithea-2.2.5-py2.7.egg/kallithea

One-time Conversion

Alternatively, if you would like to convert the database for good, you can use a helper script provided by Kallithea. This script will operate directly on the database, using the database string you can find in your production.ini (or development.ini) file. For example, if using SQLite:

cd /path/to/kallithea
cp /path/to/rhodecode/rhodecode.db kallithea.db
pip install sqlalchemy-migrate
python kallithea/bin/ sqlite:///kallithea.db


Kallithea project doesn’t keep its changelog here. We refer you to our Mercurial logs .

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